ILWACO — Walter Anthony Butler, 53, a 15-year resident of Ocean Park, died in Ilwaco on March 31, 2017. The son of Walter and Bonnie (Weilert) Butler, he was born in Albany, Oregon on February 13, 1964.
His family roots are traced back to the 1600s, descendants of John and Priscilla Alden who came to America on the Mayflower in 1620.
Walt attended Aloha High School west of Portland where he played football and worked on cars, a life-long love. He resided in Portland until moving to the Peninsula where he was employed as yard boss for Oman & Son in Ocean Park the past 13 years. Walt was a member of Ocean Park Moose and Ocean Park Eagles lodges.
Walt took pride in his independent spirit. He enjoyed “do it himself” home projects such as repairs, carport, extra room and even a woodshed. Walt planned and built everything from scratch.
Walt married Vicki Conkin in October 2004. She survives. Also surviving are his father, Walter A. Butler of Scappoose, Ore.; sons, Walter Alfred Butler II of Albany and Scott Alden Butler of Albany; a sister, Debra Butler-Jewell of Ocean Park; niece, Ashley Garrett; nephew, James Garrett; niece, Heather Weidner: and aunt and uncle Lola and Lee Nester of Ocean Park.
His funeral service will be held Saturday, April 22, at 1 p.m. at Penttila’s Chapel by The Sea n Long Beach. A reception follows at the chapel hospitality room.